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May 4, 2005
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The 2005 Network Magazine Innovation Awards, Network Magazine, May 1, 2005
For the past five months, we've scoured the industry searching for the most important innovations and in the end came up with 30 winners. Each earned their place either through market influence, sheer vision, or by meeting critical needs with the smartest combination of capabilities and price.
Infrastructure Software – Product Breakthrough: Novell Open Enterprise Server
Innovation: NetWare running on Linux
With the latest 2.6 kernel adding native support for virtualization, Linux is now more than enough to handle most tasks, but many enterprise may not be quite ready to migrate.
That's where Novell and its Open Enterprise Server (OES) come in. The successor to NetWare, OES smoothes the path by implementing all the familiar NetWare services under Linux. It can also run Windows applications developed for the .NET framework using Mono, Novell's open-source .NET run time.
Why complexity is the next killer app, Network World Fusion, April 18, 2005
But today it dawned on me that there is a real killer app. It's called complexity.
That's a little play on words, actually.
You see, complexity is a killer of applications. We've built highly complex, fault-prone IT environments that cost more and more just to maintain each year. This complexity robs money that could be directed toward new applications that move our businesses forward. Complexity has made it more difficult for IT shops to embrace new technologies and new ideas. It's killing growth opportunities.
But complexity itself also represents a vast growth opportunity, and billions will be made helping users deal with it. It's a true killer app. http://www.nwfusion.com/columnists/2005/041805edit.html?vo
Desktop Linux vs. Windows - don't get emotional, Channel Register, April 7, 2005
“Windows works great, as long as it isn’t connected to the Internet," wrote one reader.
"Anti-virus, firewall, and spyware programs, each needing separate licensing and yearly upgrades/purchases, make maintaining Microsoft powered systems a neverending drain on IT labour and cash," wrote another.
"Microsoft licensing is a nightmare! We use MS partner versions of XP on all systems, and it gets really complicated," wrote another.
Despite all these well-publicized objections to Windows, Quocirca discovered something not all that surprising - many customers are still loath to leave Microsoft. These customers said they're scared to move because of what they see as a lack of compatible open source software, user resistance to change, high training costs, high costs of porting bespoke applications and a dependence on Microsoft's Active Directory. Microsoft is the obvious standard on the desktop. This makes any obstacle a reason to cancel an open source move.
Where does this leave us? http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2005/04/07/linux_windows_quocirca/
Novell hires top Samba programmer from HP, Cnet News.com, April 27, 2005
[Allison] made the switch because he believes that he can benefit from the experience Novell programmers have in the area of file servers. "These guys know a lot about file sharing," said Allison, who starts the new job on Thursday.
Novell began embracing open-source software in 2003 and in March brought its NetWare file system to Linux, though the product remains a proprietary add-on. Allison welcomed the move: Using that file system as a foundation for Samba will let the project emulate more of the features Windows provides, such as recording the time a file was originally created, he said.
Novell ships Samba with its SuSE Linux Enterprise Server product, and Allison said he hopes that will mean faster fixes for bugs. "I could have done the same thing at HP, but I would be one step removed from the direct customers," he said. http://news.com.com/Novell+hires+top+Samba+programmer+from+HP/2100-7344_3-5687627.html?tag=nefd.top
"Choosing Novell eDirectory was a strategic decision for Allianz Suisse," said Dr. Wolfgang Seiler, head of technology for Allianz Suisse. "It is the simplest application-independent service on the market that allows us to integrate our applications—as well as internal and external user identities—in an intelligent way that is relevant to the business."
"Novell eDirectory is far and away the simplest tool on the market that allows personalized access to a central data source, and that cooperates intelligently with the core data that is the basis of our staff management, the SAP Human Resources module," said Seiler.
"When we decided to enter the field of personal financial services, the strategic importance of a flexible, open and also protected IT platform became very clear,” said Seiler. “The range of investment funds now offered by our sales team is managed by our partner company Dresdner Bank (Switzerland). We had to set up a secure external network to allow this cooperation to work efficiently, and we had only four months to do it."
"At the staff level, the investment has already been worthwhile," said Seiler. "Although we've extended our systems and services, we can maintain our current staffing levels irrespective of any increase in the number of users."
Read more about Allianz Suisse at http://www.novell.com/success/allianz_suisse.html
TraiNing – http://www.novell.com/training/
We’re taking Linux certification to an entirely new level. The upcoming Novell Certified Linux Engineer 9 certification will help you master advanced SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server administration skills. With this certification, you will be in high demand as more and more employers seek talented Linux engineers. This course, available in June 2005, will require you to have already completed your Novell CLP certification before you take the Novell Practicum for your Novell CLE 9 certification.
Find out more at http://www.novell.com/training/certinfo/cle9/
Nsure Identity Manager 2 (IDM2)—formerly DirXML—helps you securely manage the access needs of your ever-changing user community. You can manage the full user lifecycle—deliver first-day access to essential resources, synchronize multiple passwords into a single login, modify or revoke access rights instantly and even support compliance with government regulations. IDM2 also provides self-service features that enable users to maintain their own passwords and profile information. With these capabilities you will realize tangible business benefits: streamlined administration, increased security, reduced costs and a swift return on investment (ROI).
New users can be immediately productive, receiving access to essential business resources on the first day of their relationship with your organization.
You can synchronize a user's passwords to provide a single password to all systems. Users can also manage their passwords using the native password interfaces in systems such as Microsoft Windows.
You can create and enforce strong, system-wide password policies that will help protect your company against password-related attacks. The password management features...reduce helpdesk calls and increase security and user productivity.
IDM2 can automatically update users' rights and information across all systems. It also enables users to update their own contact information and other personal data through an integrated self-service tool, eGuide.
The moment you change an employee's status to "dismissed", IDM2 will terminate the user's accounts and access rights in all specified systems, and provide an audit report of the revoked user access rights. Your confidential resources remain safe, and you eliminate countless hours of manual, error-prone administration.
Read more about IDM at http://www.novell.com/products/nsureidentitymanager/quicklook.html
How to Read SEGSTATS.TXT - TID10097396
Updated CONNMGR.NLM for NetWare 6.5 SP2/SP3 - TID2971121
This patch contains an updated CONNMGR.NLM version for NetWare 6.5 SP2 and Netware 6.5 SP3
Memory Fragmentation Issue with NetWare 6.0/6.5 - TID10091980
Server runs out of memory after a few days of normal operation
Short Term Memory Allocation errors
Cache Memory Allocator errors
Server runs out of memory running a backup
Server abends during backup
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Sometimes it seems that we make things unnecessarily complex in our search for answers and solutions. Rube Goldberg recognized this long ago, and even today his “inventions” remind us of the comedy in complexity.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
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